Monday, April 10, 2017

DOE Reminds Public To Adopt Energy Disaster Safeguards; Pushes Energy Resiliency Plans

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Department of Energy
(DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi today reminded the public to adopt safety precautions in using energy to avert possible danger to lives and property amid a series of earthquakes that rocked Batangas, Mindoro and other adjacent areas over the week.

“We want to remind everyone to adopt appropriate safety precautions and be prudent in their energy use to ensure their family is safe when a disaster, such as an earthquake, strikes,” Cusi said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported that between 3:07 p.m. and 3:09 p.m.yesterday (April 7) successive earthquakes with a magnitude 5.6 and 6.0 respectively joltsed Mabini, Batangas affecting houses and major infrastructures, including energy facilities.

Among others, Cusi suggested that a periodic check for earthquake hazards posed by appliances that could move and cause rupture of electrical or gas lines. Following a similar check should be done before using those appliances.

Cusi also said fire hazards and flammable fluids, such as kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), solvents or cleaning products should be stored properly.

In addition, Cusi reminded the public to prepare their own earthquake emergency kit at home that could include, food, water, medicine, flashlight, whistle, as well as plan to communicate with their family in times of emergency or disaster.

Meanwhile, Cusi bared that Department of Energy- Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (DOE-EPPB) is drafting a policy on resiliency planning and programs in the energy industries which include the power, upstream and downstream oil, energy resource development and renewable energy sectors, among others.

He said the energy resiliency plan aims to strengthen existing infrastructure facilities to withstand adverse weather conditions, incorporate mitigation improvements into the restoration of infrastructure damaged by adverse weather conditions so that recurrence will cause less damage; and improve operational and maintenance standards and practices to ensure expeditious restoration of energy supply after adverse weather conditions.

While the earthquake caused power interruptions, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) reported it fully restored at 3:45 p.m. yesterday (8 April 2017) all transmission facilities in areas affected by the tripping of generation plants due to the earthquakes that occurred at 3:08 p.m. of the same day.

According to the NGCP’s report, the Batangas-San Lorenzo Lines 1-2 were affected with an initial report on a toppled tower; and the switchyard at the San Gabriel Natural Gas Power Plant was also damaged due to the earthquake.

The report also stated a generation loss of 2,584 megawatts, which affected the power supply and services of various provinces in Luzon, including Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Bataan, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija.

“David Blaine: Beyond Magic” Promises More Mind-Blowing Illusions this April on AXN

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Street magician and illusionist David Blaine brings back his unique brand of magic in his latest TV show David Blaine: Beyond Magic, which premieres on AXN in April.

Three years after his last television event, Real or Magic, Blaine embarks on another of his escapades as he performs a new set of unbelievable tricks for many of his favorite entertainers.

This time, Blaine gets the worldwide attention he deserves as he once again baffles his audience through some of the most mind-boggling and even death-defying stunts he has never done before, eliciting all kinds of reactions – from amazing to hysterical – from A-list celebrities, including Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, David Beckham, Johnny Depp, John Travolta, Patrick Stewart, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others.

This latest performance has pushed David Blaine’s limits further beyond human comprehension that defy explanation as he expertly shows how magic can be raised to a whole new level of disbelief and amazement.

David Blaine: Beyond Magic premieres on April 16, Sunday at 9pm. First & Exclusive on AXN.

AXN is available on SKYCable Channel 49, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Cignal Channel 121, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and Cablelink Channel 38. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

SAP Digital Boardroom Improves Public Transport Insights on Repairs, Delays, and More

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The public transport industry is a heavy innovator. Trains and railways are equipped with IoT sensors to measure performance, delays, and incidents. Bus, subway, and train repair, and maintenance costs are intensely watched due to budget pressures. In the meantime, passengers are more critical and demand immediate action whenever downtimes or delays occur.

In various interactions with public transport industry customers, I’ve noticed they are generally well informed regarding delays, have good insights on maintenance and repair, maintain remote visibility on infrastructure incidents, and are equipped with rolling budgeting models. The thing is that these insights tend to be isolated. None of the customers I spoke to has integrated and consolidated insights on them all, so they are like “blind men in the wood” when I ask which unexpected repair incidents affect which train delays.
The major areas of interest for public transport companies are:
·         Incidents management: including both infrastructure incidents and incidents in the actual train, bus, subway, and so on.
·         Repair costs and maintenance: focusing on supplier management, unplanned downtime, and cost reduction.
·         Delays management: tied to narrowing the gaps between planned and actual arrival/departure times, rankings, and geospatial insights.
As I said above, today’s key challenge for the industry is not measuring those individual subject areas, rather it’s in consolidating and interrelating them. The key is the ability to understand how an issue in one subject area affects an issue in another one, and to what extent.
More Challenges
Are we done with challenges? No, we aren’t. Today’s competitive public transport market requires more than just consolidating insights. It also requires agility, meaning analysts must be able to consolidate insights in real time, to continuously compare their actuals against budgets and forecasts, and even to be able to adjust and simulate them while analyzing. We call this the closed-loop portfolio of monitoring, budgeting, and forecasting. And last, they need instant insights from massive data volumes; remember, they all use IoT devices – and we know what they generate.
So in summary, insights must have:
·         Real-time reporting
·         Predictive-forecast capability
·         The ability to handle massive data
·         Closed-loop capabilities of combining monitoring, planning, and predicting metrics on the fly while analyzing
·         Simulation functionality

SAP Digital Boardroom Insights
I used the SAP Digital Boardroom on top of in-memory platforms to analyze over 30 million records of public transport delays, incidents, and maintenance data. The SAP Digital Boardroom uses three touch screens to provide insights in real time on the transactional level. (This article describes how the SAP Digital Boardroom works.) What impresses me most is its ability to combine versions of actual, planned, forecasted, and predicted data; in other words, I can analyze, adjust, predict, simulate, and re-analyze the end result. Now we’re talking!
It all starts with creating an agenda that lists the various insights required. The agenda items refer to models and stories with real-time insights. You can skip between agenda items with a single click, and every single insight can be further explored with new attributes, filters, or simulations.
Watch the video below for a full overview of using the SAP Digital Boardroom to address the challenges I’ve described. Please be aware that I anonymized the data though the algorithms, structures, and “cadence” of the data from a real-world example.
This post has been syndicated from the D!gitalist Magazine and has been republished with permission.

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